English Language Expectations
For learners to be successful on our qualifications which are taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. The following clarifies the requirements when accepting applicants onto our qualifications.
Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate
English language comprehension at a level equivalent
to IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) 5.5 to be able to study our qualifications.
The learners who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, should demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being accepted to the programme that is both taught and assessed in English as follows:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 51
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
FAQs relating to the English language entry requirements
For learners wishing to study our qualification and who are non-native English speakers, they must have a minimum level of English language competency.
UK universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) commonly require a minimum standard of English language as part of their entry requirements onto undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
These English language entry requirements apply to all non-native English speakers in the UK and internationally being registered onto our qualifications where that programme is taught and assessed in English.
Is it necessary for a learner to have studied in English at a particular level in the final two years of school?
Yes. It is for the Centre to satisfy itself that the learner’s score is equivalent to IELTS 5.5 / PTE 51 / B2. Such courses are likely to include information on equivalencies.
Yes, a Centre can adopt its own English language test. It is for the Centre to satisfy itself that the learner’s score matches this requirement. It is important to note however that many progression universities may not accept alternative tests. It is the responsibility of the learner to confirm this with the receiving university or HEI.
If the West African Examination Council learners study their final two years of school in English, then they will be exempt from the requirement.
No, unless the subject was in English language, a non-native English speaker or those who have not studied the final two years of school in English will be required to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5 / PTE 51 / B2.
Whether the requirement is exempted will depend on the results the learner achieved. The result of the English language test is expected to be equivalent to IELTS 5.5 / PTE 51 / B2.
Exemption will only apply to non-native English speakers who have studied the final two years of school in English.
Yes, these requirements apply to all our regulated qualifications.
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